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TEAR YOU APART

TEAR YOU APART

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Title:  TEAR YOU APART

Author:   Sarah Cross

Series: Beau Rivage (#2)
Recommended for:  Ages 15-17

Pages:  336 p.

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CROSS 

Rating:   ****

Synopsis:

Just when you thought all was well and good in the mystical town of Beau Rivage, another destined curse begins to unfold. As a sequel to the first book KILL ME SOFTLY, the book TEAR YOU APART is yet another torturous tale of two teens destined for either love, or death. In this somewhat twisted fairytale, Viv lives a rather ordinary life on most days. She hangs out with her friends, enjoys having fun, and waits everyday for her evil stepmother to have her huntsman rip Viv’s heart out. Viv shares her Snow White’s curse with her old best friend Henley, who is destined to become the huntsman who is ordered to rip out her heart, before she breaks his. The only thing that can seemingly save her is her prince to be Jasper. There’s just one catch, Jasper is a prince of the underworld, and cannot come to the surface of Beau Rivage. Will Viv continue to live in fear on the surface, never knowing what fate Henley will choose for her? Or will she run to the depths of the underworld, into the safety of her prince Jasper?

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2017 in Fairy Tales, Realistic, Romance

 

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Kill Me Softly

Kill Me Softly

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Title:  Kill Me Softly

Author:   Sarah Cross

Series: Beau Rivage
Recommended for:  Ages 14-17

Pages:  336 p.

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CROSS 

Rating:   *****

Synopsis:

In this whirlwind of a novel, Mirabelle is an average teenage girl, who lives in an average town. She has two loving godparents who take care of her, and although they’ve been strict with her upbringing, they give her the love and support she’s needed since her parent’s tragic passing. Beyond this seemingly simple life Mira has been leading, she holds within her a secret that is dying to get out. Just a week before her sixteenth birthday, Mira decides to run away to the place she was born, Beau Rivage, to finally visit her parents graves, and make peace with their deaths. However, once she gets to this town she realizes that things are not always as they seem. Here, in this tucked away town, it seems that magic and curses are all too real. Princes and princesses are destined to find each other, fairies flirt with people’s destiny, and what used to be average teenagers, try to escape their fate. Of all the uncertainty, and secrets hiding in Beau Rivage, the most important thing to remember is that not all fairy tales have a happy ending.

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Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Fairy Tales, Realistic, Romance

 

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A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales

Title:   A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales
Author:   Chris Colfer
Series:   The Land of Stories
Recommended for:   fans of the Land of Stories series, anyone who would like to read fairy tales and nursery rhymes
Pages:   323 p.
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION COLFER, C.

Rating:  ***

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

An illustrated nursery rhyme and fairy tale collection that features the classic tales that Alex and Conner fall into in the Land of Stories series.

The treasury includes these classic fairy tales:  Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Goldilocks and the three bears, Jack and the beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The three little pigs, Rumpelstiltskin, The elves and the shoemaker, Beauty and the beast, The boy who cried wolf, Sleeping Beauty, The princess and the pea, Rapunzel, Henny Penny, The little mermaid, Three billy goats gruff, The Snow Queen, The frog prince, Puss in boots, Thumbelina, The Gingerbread man, The ugly duckling and Pinocchio.

The treasury includes these Mother Goose nursery rhymes:  LIttle Bo Peep, Little Miss Muffett, Little Jack Horner, The old woman who lived in a shoe, Humpty Dumpty, Rub-a-dub-dub, Three blind mice, Baa, baa, black sheep, Georgie Porgie, Hey diddle diddle, Pat-a-cake, Jack and Jill, Jack be nimble.

It concludes with Mother Goose’s Fairy-tale survival guide.

Comments:

This is a good, traditional retelling of fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes.  I did not read every fairy tale in the book, but the ones that I read were true to other versions I’d read previously.  Due to the length of the stories, the collection would probably be best read aloud to children in kindergarten and up.

As for the preschool set, I think it would be better to share a collection (or individual tale) with less text and more pictures.

I thought it was a great idea for the author to write this traditional collection so that readers of his Land of Stories series would have a better understanding of his source material.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Fairy Tales

 

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Teacup

Title: Teacup
Author: Rebecca Young
Series: N/A
Recommended for: Preschoolers on up, and anyone who likes beauty and adventure.
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E YOUNG, R. 

Synopsis: 

Teacup is a beautiful book in more ways than one.

Firstly, the illustrations are the best I have seen in quite some time. I could pore over some of the spreads for ages, and the color palettes are stunning.

Second, the story is refreshing: a boy (almost a young man) sets out from home to make his way in the world, a theme that evokes classic fairy tales and great epics alike, and promises just the right amount of exciting adventure without being too much for more sensitive children.
Furthermore, the illustrations are lovely, and support the story very well: for instance, the passage “some days the sea was kind, gently rocking him to sleep” is accompanied by a bright-white illustration, with some dolphins and the interior of the boat being the only source of color besides the text. On the very next page, however, “Some days the sea was bold, and the boy held tightly to his teacup.” This sea is stormy, full of dark blues and greens, and the little white boat seems very small indeed.
I’ll finish here for fear of spoiling the ending, but let it suffice for me to say that it is a good one. I highly recommend this book.

 

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Grounded: the Adventures of Rapunzel

groundedTitle: Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel
Author: Megan Morrison
Series: Tyme
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 374 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION MORRISON, M.

Synopsis: Rapunzel believes she is the luckiest person in Tyme, because Witch tells her so, but when Jack climbs into her tower to steal an enchanted rose, he hints that Witch is not telling the whole truth and Rapunzel, driven by her anger and fear, descends to the ground for the first time.

Rapunzel is a very innocent girl, who has only had contact with Witch.  Witch is her only source of information and she has no reason to doubt Witch.  One day she gets a visit from a boy named Jack. Jack informs her that they have met before, but Rapunzel doesn’t remember it.  He leaves, but not without leaving a ladder for her to climb down if she chooses to follow.  Our of concern for Witch Rapunzel goes to stop Jack and that is just her beginning of her adventure.  She meets many fairies and people on her journey that helper to become a stronger more informed person.

I liked this retelling of Rapunzel it was a fun read.  Since Rapunzel has never been out of the tower, everything to her is new and interesting.  I also like that she became her own person, not what others would want her to be or do in the end.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2016 in Adventure, Juv

 

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The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

land of storiesTitle:The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
Author: Chris Colfer
Series: The Land of Stories
Recommended for: 4th grade and up
Pages: 438 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION COLFER, C.

Synopsis: “Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about”– Provided by publisher.

Alex and Conner have had a hard year, since their father has died and now their mom has to work on their birthday.  Mom saves the day by having Grandma come and spend the day. Grandma is just what they needed, and she comes bearing all kinds of gifts. One gift is an old story book that their father use to read to them from when they would visit at Grandma’s.  Alex makes a wish when she is reading it and it starts to buzz.  After a bunch of weird things, Alex and Connor end up in a land of fairy tale characters.  They have to find a way home back to their mother.  Once they reach the fairy tale world it is one adventure after another.

I found that it moved faster once in the fairy tale world.  I love fairy tales so to see what happens to them after their stories is great.  Alex and Conner are always in some kind of trouble, that they have to find there way out of.  The cool thing is they really work through the trouble on there own.  Alex talks a lot about the life lessons that she has learned from the different tales and is a recurring theme.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Juv

 

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Pequenos Cuentos ( Short Stories in 1 minute)

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Title: Pequenos Cuentos para leer en 1 minuto (Short Stories to Read in 1 minute)

Author: Monica Sempere

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Ages 4-6 

Pages: 58

Call Number/Link:  SPA E SEMPERE, M.

 

Synopsis:  A compilation of one page short stories that offers an innovative concept: micro-stories to read in one minute.
• Simple, brief stories that concentrate the essence of classic tales, delighting young and old readers alike.

Thoughts: I thought it was really cute.  It gives instructions for the child or adult on how to start reading.  The cool aspect of the book is that you read the micro story and then guess which tale they are talking about.  Some of them are classic around the world.  Some are not so clear since they may be lesser known stories. Good for parents, kids and teachers in order for children to use their analytical skills and for short attention spans.

 
 

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